14m 59s | Germany | 2019 | Director: Christina Tournatzés | Australian premiere | SATURDAY SHORTS SESSION

On August 26th, 2015 a convoy of human smugglers lets 71 refugees packed in a truck suffocate to death. At dawn, smugglers load 71 people from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and Iran onto a truck to drive them from Hungary to Germany. During the journey, the refugees start knocking and screaming for help. The truck driver faces a dilemma. He hears the people scream and beg for help but receives an order to not open the doors to the cargo area. Over the phone, he is pressured by his boss to finish the transport at any cost. The true story happened in August 2015 in Hungary and Austria. Based on the published cell phone protocols of the smugglers, whose phones were being monitored by the Hungarian Government, it gives a shocking insight into an organized smugglers Network in Europe.

  • Director: Christina Tournatzés

  • Writer: Christina Tournatzés

  • Producer: Matthias Nerlich, Felix Parson, Patricia D'Intino, Leo Pintér

  • Key Cast: Ovanes Torosyan

  • Key Cast: Yordan Danchev

  • Key Cast: Zainab Alsawah

  • Key Cast:  Bader Khlifi

  • Key Cast:  Nóra Mohi

  • DOP: Alexander Gruber

  • Sound: Csaba Attila Erȍs

  • Editor: Ursula Ambach

  • Sound Design: Tschangis Chahrokh, Daniel Bautista, Julian Riegl

  • Language: Arabic, Bulgarian, English

  • Country: Germany

  • Genres: Drama, Society

 Director: Christina Tournatzés

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